From the brick-paneled walls and booths lined with dark wooden accents to the seasonal selection of gourmet American cuisine, Blackstone embodies every aspect of the classic steak house. A selection of hearty cuts anchors the menu, whether as solitary 8-ounce cuts of filet mignon, or massive 22-ounce cowboy rib eyes adorned with béarnaise sauce, jumbo lump crabmeat, lobster-shaped earrings, and other edible accessories. Guests can also savor a taste of the seas with plates of Atlantic salmon or pan-fried trout. Blackstone's wine list collects more than 35 pours, including 19 by the glass.
If the name, the cerulean walls, and the decorative oars and life preservers don't make Pier 213 Seafood's focus clear enough, then its menu removes all doubt. Siblings and seafood connoisseurs Kammie and Kevin Sakprasit founded the restaurant as a way to share their passion for the southern cooking of coastal Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi. As a result, crab, shrimp, oysters, fish, and crawfish travel from the Gulf Coast to tables, providing diners with casual feasts of southern seafood.
Small bites of fried pickles, hush puppies, and dirty rice round out meals. However, Gulf-caught seafood is Pier 213's main attraction.
For Alison, cooking up delicious, welcoming meals is second nature. In her 35 years in the restaurant business, she's gathered traditional and modern culinary influences into a menu of New Southern comfort cuisine that features good old-fashioned meatloaf and mashed potatoes, buttermilk fried chicken, liver and onions, and her popular crab cakes. There's an abundance of seafood dishes—Alison prepares fish tacos, cedar plank salmon, and lobster mac 'n' cheese, to name a few. She even offers a pecan-crusted fillet of North Georgia mountain trout, served with a creamy mango sauce. The restaurant's meatier offerings include beef fillets and oven roasted pork tenderloin with a peach bourbon chutney. Bourbon tastings at the full-service bar are popular among Alison’s Restaurant and Bourbon Bar's regulars. On warm days, she opens the fenced-in patio to let customers enjoy the sunshine.
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When to Go: For dinner and a show, stop by at 3:30 p.m. or 8:30 p.m. on Monday–Thursday, when Big Pie typically schedules its Carnivore Challenge. During this 60-minute feat, one hungry duo attempts to eat an 11-pound, meat-laden pizza in exchange for a $250 cash prize. The challenge is as daunting as it sounds—not even the team from the Travel Channel series Man v. Food could conquer it.
Inside Tip: Make sure you show up with an especially hearty appetite. Even single slices are massive here, since they're cut from one of the pizzeria's 30-inch pies.
Though most fender-benders result in insurance exchanges or street fights, one between a chef from South Africa and a chef from Atlanta ended in a good laugh and a new business venture. The two chefs? dreams of offering people grilled seafood and introducing Americans to piri-piri pepper sauce collided. Afterwards, the duo crafted a menu of grilled tilapia, mahi-mahi, and flame-broiled chicken smothered in sauce made from a tiny, exotic South African pepper. When choosing the name, they turned back to the fateful accident, when one chef exclaimed ?I am such a Bonehead!? and the other just let him take the fall and ticket.